Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI)

LBDI

Can one black dress worn for five short days create awareness about issues that affect others for a lifetime?

The iconic Little Black Dress (LBD) is usually thought of as just a fashionable wardrobe staple – great for business or a fun night out. So why is the LBD at the center of an awareness campaign about poverty?

Founded in 2014 by the Junior League of London, the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign that harnesses the power of social media to illustrate the restrictions poverty places on choices, opportunities, and access to resources. Advocates wear one black dress (or outfit) for five consecutive days, in an effort to spark conversations and awareness about poverty and related issues.

To date, dozens of Junior Leagues have replicated the initiative in their own communities, collectively sparking countless conversations and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of important community programs. Below are just a few of the Leagues who are taking initiative in their local communities. You can also follow the online conversation using #LBDI.

Junior League of Albany, NY

Junior League of Anderson County

Junior League of Arlington

Junior League of Athens

Junior League of Atlanta

Junior League of Augusta

Junior League of Baltimore

Junior League of Battle Creek

Junior League of Bergen County

Junior League of Boston

Junior League of Bronxville

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana

Junior League of Charleston

Junior League of Charlotte

Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin

Junior League of Colorado Springs

Junior League of Columbia

Junior League of Columbus, GA

Junior League of Daytona Beach

Junior League of DeKalb County

Junior League of Eugene

Junior League of Greater Covington

Junior League of Greater Orlando

Junior League of Greensboro

Junior League of Greenville, NC

Junior Leage of Greenville, SC

Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties

Junior League of Indian River

Junior League of Jacksonville

Junior League of Lansing

Junior League of London

Junior League of Los Angeles

Junior League of Lufkin

Junior League of Lynchburg

Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

Junior League of Minneapolis

Junior League of Morristown

Junior League of Orange County, CA

Junior League of Pasadena

Junior League of Pensacola

Junior League of Peoria

Junior League of Phoenix

Junior League of Richmond

Junior League of Roanoke Valley

Junior League of Rockford

Junior League of San Jose

Junior League of Sarasota

Junior League of Savannah

Junior League of Seattle

Junior League of St. Petersburg

Junior League of Spartanburg

Junior League of Tallahassee

Junior League of The Woodlands

Junior League of Topeka

Junior League of Tuscaloosa

Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls